Federally-Funded Research

two friends with developmental disabilities

Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR)

EPSCoR establishes partnerships with government, higher education, and industry that are designed to affect lasting improvements in a state or region's research infrastructure, R&D capacity, and hence, its national R&D competitiveness. The goal of EPSCoR is to provide seed funding that will enable jurisdictions to develop an academic research enterprise directed toward long-term, self sustaining, nationally-competitive capabilities in aerospace-related research.

EPSCoR Website


The site allows users to learn about Federal grants, search for federal grant opportunities, subscribe for updates in interest areas, and apply for funding.

Grants.gov Website

Interagency Rehabilitation and Disability (IRAD) Research Portfolio

The IRAD research portfolio provides information on disability, independent living, and rehabilitation research projects funded by the federal government. IRAD is an interagency initiative headed by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR), in partnership with the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Department of Defense (DoD), and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The purpose of IRAD is to provide a publicly available resource that enables analysis of the federal research portfolio in disability, independent living, and rehabilitation research. This will aid in collaboration and coordination of research activities across federal agencies, as well as increase transparency and visibility for the public and legislative stakeholders.

IRAD Reseach Portfolio Website

Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program

SBIR is a highly competitive program that encourages small business to explore their technological potential and provides the incentive to profit from its commercialization.

SBIR Program Website

Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR)

STTR is another program that expands funding opportunities in the federal innovation, research and development (R&D) arena. Central to the program is the expansion of the public/private sector partnership to include joint venture opportunities for small businesses and nonprofit research institutions. Their most important role is to bridge the gap between performance of basic science and commercialization of resulting innovations.

STTR Website